Professor of Robotics

University of the West of England, Bristol - Engineering Design & Mathematics

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory at the Faculty of Environment & Technology have an exciting permanent and full time position for a Professor of Robotics to join BRL within the Engineering, Design & Mathematics Department.

The Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) research-and-innovation pipeline is now experiencing unprecedented growth, evidenced by substantial new research opportunities appearing across the UK, EU and global funding landscape.

In the context of Human-Robot Interaction, you will champion research in control systems underpinning:

i) advanced augmented and virtual reality via immersive tele-operation;
ii) dynamic Levels of Autonomy (LoA), typically varying from teleoperation to autonomous control, i.e., the ability to dynamically switch between different LoA so as to significantly outperform any single Level.

These research topics can lead naturally to shared control frameworks that enable both human and AI to collaborate in controlling one or more robots, thus simultaneously fusing reasoning from both the human and the autonomous agent. These methods are particularly relevant to safety-critical application domains where remote operation and varying autonomy could be highly beneficial.

This strategic focus resonates strongly as a fundamental and core issue in domains that stretch from assisted living, through robot-assisted surgery, to operations in an array of challenging and/or hazardous environments (e.g. nuclear decommissioning, subsea, space, offshore maintenance), and human-robot teamwork in manufacturing domains that incorporate critical elements of ‘Industrie 4.0’. In all of these areas, a human-in-the-loop may be required for some or even all of the time, but complex manipulations may be too difficult to directly teleoperate efficiently.

We are looking for a candidate that could take on the challenge of joining these common factors across the application domains, all of which are existing foci for BRL, i.e., a candidate who will work with and grow our existing teams as part of our BRL Unique Selling Point.

We welcome applications from researchers able to build on strongly linked disciplines and who are fully committed to developing one or more of the area of research outlined above.

In addition to progressive pay rates, UWE Bristol offers a wide range of staff benefits including:

• a generous holiday allowance of 35 Days
• up to 12.5 bank holiday/closure days per year in addition;
• flexible working;
• excellent defined benefit pension schemes;
• option to participate in the cycle to work scheme;
• family friendly policies;
• onsite nursery at our Frenchay Campus;
• option to purchase childcare vouchers.

This post is based at our lively Frenchay campus.

Please see the attached full job description and person specification for the role.

If you have any queries or would like an informal discussion, please contact Chris Melhuish on 01173286332 or email:

UWE is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for the success and impact of our practice-oriented programmes; our strong industry networks and our inclusive global outlook.

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